Police Siege on Melaye’s House: The True Story and The Lawlessness Of The Force

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By: Oladele John Nihi

 

The Police, on Friday, 28th December, 2018 afternoon, stormed the Maitama residence of Senator Dino Melaye, seeking to arrest him.

 

This happened two days after the Senator Melaye who is representing Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi State raised the alarm that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, had plans to arrest and poison him to death.

 

I was one of the first set of people who rushed to the house that Friday to confirm what is actually happening because we can’t afford the only voice of the voiceless workers of Kogi State, masses of Nigeria and most importantly my senator be killed or injected to death as Sen. Melaye alleged in his tweet by those who are supposed to protect not just his life but the lives of all Nigerians.

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Getting to Sen. Dino Melaye’s house, one would think he is somewhere in Borno State where Abubakar Shekau, Leader of Boko Haram is about to be captured. The number of police officers and vehicles in front and around my senators house is not just scary but depict a war zone.

 

What was more worrisome was the refusal of the police to show anyone including his family members and lawyers the warrant of arrest of Sen. Melaye or search of his house. No one was allowed into the premises, not even Mr. Moses Melaye his younger brother as he was kept outside for the 7days this whole siege lasted.

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Fact checked yesterday which I consider as very lawless on the part of the Nigeria Police Force shows that at the time  police arrived the house of Senator Dino Melaye, they have not gotten search warrant, their search warrant as sighted yesterday was dated 31st of December while the invasion of Sen Dino compound was carried out on the 28th of December.

 

The police did not show the Senator Melaye or anyone the warrant of arrest.

 

After the senator surrendered himself yesterday to the police, search warrant was conducted and nothing incriminating was found in Senator Dino Melaye’s house.

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It will interest Nigerians and the world to know the calibre of officers that were on ground for the search. They include Assistant Inspector General of Police Legal, AIG Igbodo; COmmissioner of Police Legal; Deputy, Commissioner of Police Monitoring, DCP Abba Kyari; AC Monitoring, ACP lmran and other ranking officers.

 

The Execution of the search was witnessed by Senator Dino Melaye’s lawyer and two brothers respectively, Chief Mike Ezekhome SAN, Moses Melaye, Sam Melaye.




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